Craft brewers are facing major delays in releasing new beers due to the deadlock

Craft brewers are facing major delays in releasing new beers due to the deadlock

US craft brewers have hit out at the federal government shutdown over the expected delays faced in releasing seasonal beers and packaging issues, according to reports. 

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), part of the US Treasury department, which approves news breweries, recipes and beer labels has temporarily closed as a result of the stalemate between Republicans and Democrats. 

Todd Stevenson, Lagunitas Brewing Co's COO, branded the TTB shutdown a “headache”, the Associated Press reported. The brewer planned to submit an application to package its autumn seasonal Hairy Eyeball in 22-ounce bottles instead of 12-ounce bottles, but cannot now  due to the blockage.  “It’s just aggravating,” Stevenson was reported as saying.

Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, which represents more than 1,900 breweries, told AP: “One could think of this shutdown as basically stopping business indefinitely for anyone who didn’t have certain paperwork in place back in mid-August.”